Materials Engineer (Starlink)



Bastrop, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, May 19, 2023

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


Starlink, our revolutionary satellite constellation, will deliver low-latency broadband internet worldwide. We are committed to offering high-speed internet access to customers, and are looking for a Materials Engineer to utilize their knowledge, experience, and creativity to solve material selection and processing challenges as we ramp service.


  • Responsible for the development, test and performance evaluation of both polymeric and metallic materials used across various Starlink satellite products
  • Support material selection and implementation by collaborating with design engineers to establish required design inputs for ensuring a cost effective and reliable mass consumer electronic
  • Collaborate with other engineers, subject matter experts, and technicians to solve complex material and processing challenges on our current and next generation products
  • Lead successful scale-up from prototype to production of relevant injection molded and die cast parts
  • Engage in root cause failure investigations as a subject matter expert for failure mechanisms


  • Bachelor's degree in materials science or other engineering discipline


  • 1+ years of experience with characterizing, testing, and evaluating the performance of various metals, thermoplastics, elastomers and/or adhesives
  • Diverse knowledge of both metallic and polymeric materials and their processing
  • Experience in characterization techniques and equipment, including SEM-EDS, FTIR, DSC, TGA, LFA, rheometry, optical microscopy, hardness testers, and mechanical property testing
  • Broad understanding of failure modes in materials
  • Experience with developing new processes, improving efficiencies and successfully transferring to production
  • Experience developing new testing techniques and custom test jigs
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a rapidly growing, fast-paced and highly competitive environment


  • Willing to travel as needed
  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed


Pay range:

Materials Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year

Materials Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


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